A Sparkling Starry Sky

Today’s photograph is of the Christmas tree in the town square in Yialos. For more pictures of Symi Christmas lights, please see the Out and About page.

There’s a cold wind blowing across Yialos and the sea is rumpled indigo. The early morning clouds have blown away and the air has the clarity only the north-easterly wind can bring. The weather is turning once again. It rained all day on Tuesday, steady drops that started shortly after 8 in the morning and only faded away in the early evening as the clouds parted to reveal a sparkling starry sky.

Rain is expected to move in again in the course of Monday and strong winds are forecast for next week. This is not unusual for the time of year as we are approaching the solstice and there are often storms around this time. Many parts of the country have already had snow and more is on its way. Here on Symi day time temperatures should remain in the mid-teens but will feel colder in the wind. Fortunately the moderating effects of the sea which is still quite warm mean that it is not as cold on the islands as it is on the mainland where night time temperatures have been below freezing for some weeks already. Those coffee shops, bars and restaurants that stay open at this time of the year are swaddled in plastic drop cloths to keep out the cold, turning them into conservatories.

The new town councillors are being sworn in at the town hall this morning. (See Out and About photos).

The great ferry schedule mystery continues and as at this morning what happens after 31 December is still terra incognito. One of the ANES employees is herself heavily pregnant and worrying about how she is going to get off the island when the time comes.

Have a peaceful weekend.


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I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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